Rob hosted all the ringers that could come: Anne, Carroll, Jim, Jody, Judy, Marguerite, Thomas. Dean McCaleb, the dean of the Cathedral, stopped by for a while.
We have not been able to locate the circuit breakers for the tower. The oral history opinion was that they are in the bell chamber, but that turns out not to be the case; the breaker box there (photo at right) is only for the solenoids that drove the automated hammers.
Since this breaker is marked as 60 amps, and is off, it appears we have plenty of current available if needed for example for a second halogen work light in the bell chamber. But the question of where the tower’s breakers are remains unanswered.
Three ringers: Anne, Judy, Thomas. It’s amazing how much three ringers can accomplish, in terms of improving skills and striking.
- Anne raised and lowered the 1, 2, and 4.
- Rounds, aiming for good striking. We strove to ring as if a fourth imaginary bell was tenoring behind.
- We rang “long places“, two ringers exchanging places every four blows. Today all changes were made at a handstroke; making changes at backstroke is equally useful. We exchanged from rounds (1-2-3) to 1-3-2 and back; then pulled off in 1-3-2 and exchanged to 1-2-3 and back.
Twelfth class for new ringer Carroll. Carroll is close to pulling both strokes together. Her backstroke alone is excellent, and her handstroke alone is good. When she combines them, her handstroke follow-through stops at waist level, which shortens her handstroke pulls and keeps them from transferring oomph to the bell. As a result and in combination with small problems elsewhere in her form, the bell gradually rings down and becomes difficult to control. A small improvement in each of these areas will be enough to have her ringing both strokes.
Seventh class for new ringer Nancy. Nancy is fairly close to pulling both strokes together. Each stroke alone is pretty good, though she needs to improve them further. She tends to overpull (to ensure enough tension in the rope) and needs to ease off a bit and develop a better feel for small tensions in the rope. Overall she is making good progress. Things to think about for next time are:
- Follow through on both strokes, particularly the handstroke.
- Even pull throughout the stroke
- Not so much a hard pull, as a fast pull
Six ringers: Jody, Marguerite, Rob, Thomas, plus visitors Martin and Jenny from Farnborough and Woking, UK; ringing 1-2-3-4-6-8 (F-E-D-C-A-F).
- Plain Hunt on Five with tenor behind and on Six.
- Plain Bob Doubles with tenor behind.
- Grandsire Doubles with tenor behind.
- Rounds and Call Changes, with Martin calling up.
After practice the band adjourned to the Cathedral’s pancake supper.
There was no Early Practice, due to too few ringers committed to be there.
Sixteenth class for new ringer Eoin and fifteenth class for new ringer Barbara. They are ringing well. They and instructor Rob rang rounds so they could start to learn to ring at a particular speed and fit into a band.